SSD and SSI Recipients Will Receive Stimulus Payments

SSA has confirmed that our clients currently eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are scheduled to receive economic stimulus payments in the coming weeks: “Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries (who don’t normally file taxes) will also qualify for automatic payments of $1,200 from Treasury. These payments…

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VA faces problems as it attempts to modernize record keeping

The Department of Veterans Affairs decided in 2018 to modernize the health record system of the country’s largest hospital network. Under the best possible circumstances, this would increase efficiency and speed of care for the nine million veterans it served by 1,500 hospitals and clinics. It is a highly complex rollout scheduled to take ten…

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What to do after an injury at work

People often only expect workplace injury is to happen at construction sites, manufacturing plants, oil refineries, and busy factories. Still, workplace injuries occur in places that are far more common than that. Restaurants alone see more than 90,000 injuries and illnesses each year. Because workplace injuries are so common, it is essential to know how to respond…

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Understanding and navigating the workers’ comp systems

Pennsylvania workers spanning the state and employed in diverse industries understandably value the company benefits they receive in exchange for their labor. Those benefits are not handouts tied to management generosity; rather, they are hard-earned entitlements based on workers’ sustained good-faith performance. As such, they are intended to be reciprocal. Employees do their jobs, and…

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Three types of disability benefits veterans may pursue

Our nation’s service members serve a valuable service by keeping our nation and its people safe. Unfortunately, many service members are injured while carrying out their duties, necessitating significant medical care. Some of these incidents are so damaging that the service member may become disabled. When this happens, service members in Greensburg may want to…

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Group outlines safety protocols for returning workers

Southeastern Pennsylvania counties received the go-ahead to enter the “green” phase of reopening starting June 26. The stage is the least-restrictive of Gov. Tom Wolf’s color-coded economic reopening strategy to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “green” phase allows schools, restaurants, hair salons, gyms, and casinos to reopen. However, several restrictions still…

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Agent Orange Benefits Extended to More Vietnam Veterans

After years of waiting, the Veteran’s Administration has finally extended Agent Orange presumption to thousands of “Blue Water” veterans. “Blue Water” veterans are defined as individuals who served on a U.S. Military vessel that served within 12 nautical miles of the coast of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.  Previously, only “Brown Water” veterans…

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QUATRINIRAFFERTY – CLIENTS FIRST

Our attorneys have devoted their lives to protecting the rights of our clients. Our commitment will continue through this unparalleled health worry. Our challenge, at QuatriniRafferty, is to balance concern for the health and welfare of our employees with our obligation to you – our clients. Our goal remains – Clients First. As of today,…

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Workers’ compensation can help after scaffolding accidents

Construction workers usually have to deal with working conditions that most people will never see. From using dangerous machinery to working at significant heights, construction is a hazardous industry. Employers are supposed to maintain strict safety standards to protect the workers who perform these hazardous but necessary jobs. Unfortunately, many fail to maintain those standards,…

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Michael and Adam Quatrini Acknowledged for Creation of Philanthropic Initiative

“You don’t have to be a billionaire to be a philanthropist.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured Michael Quatrini and Adam Quatrini for their involvement in creating The Visionaries of the CFWC and now the New Philanthropic Leaders of the Pittsburgh Foundation. Through both programs, Michael and Adam are providing opportunities for young professionals in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s to give back to…

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WESTMORELAND BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENCY GAVEL PASSES TO ATTORNEY JOYCE NOVOTNY-PRETTIMAN

Congratulations to Attorney Joyce Novotny-Prettiman, who was installed as the 98th President of the Westmoreland Bar Association at its annual meeting on April 1st! Ms. Novotny-Prettiman joins Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. (1989), Richard “Dick” Galloway (1990), and David S. DeRose (2012) who also presided over the organization. QuatriniRafferty is the first law firm in Westmoreland…

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QUATRINIRAFFERTY WELCOMES ATTORNEYS RICHARD GALLOWAY AND JEFFREY MONZO TO PERSONAL INJURY DEPARTMENT

The Attorneys of QuatriniRafferty are pleased to welcome Richard H. Galloway and Jeffrey D. Monzo to the firm’s Personal Injury Department effective January 1, 2019. Attorney Galloway and Attorney Monzo bring extensive legal skills and many years of trial experience to the fifteen attorney QuatriniRafferty legal team. Richard “Dick” Galloway was a partner at QuatriniRaffertyGalloway…

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VINCE QUATRINI SELECTED AS GUEST EDUCATOR AT STATEWIDE WORKERS’ COMP. CLE COURSE

Attorney Vince Quatrini was pleased to present at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) course entitled “Interplay of Workers’ Compensation and 3rd Party Cases.” Vince serves as a 15x co-author of the biennial Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure manual produced by the PBI, and, as such, is considered an expert in all the…

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The Truth About Talc Powder

Horror stories about the use of talc powder have been in the news and you may wonder about the legal issues involved. We wanted to alert you to some important information about talc lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder have contained talc for many years. Talc is a soft mineral…

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QR ON THE ROAD: VINCE AND MICHAEL QUATRINI CONTINUE LEGAL INFLUENCE VIA PUBLICATION AND PRESENTATION OF UPDATED LEGAL TEXTS

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing education arm of the prestigious Pennsylvania Bar Association, publishes biennial texts meant to inform and educate Pennsylvanian attorneys in specified practice areas. To be asked to co-author one of these books is an incredible honor, as it implies that the author is an exceptionally knowledgeable and well-versed contributor of…

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QR COOLEST PET CONTEST RECAP

All throughout the month of June, QuatriniRafferty hosted the “QR Coolest Pet Contest.” Attorneys and staff shared photos of their pets on Facebook. Each pet represented a local animal shelter or rescue. At the end of the contest, the pet with the most votes was named the “Coolest Pet” and won his or her respective…

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The Benefits of Bankruptcy

People often assume that by declaring bankruptcy, they lose important assets like their homes, cars, savings, and retirement funds. That simply is not the case. In fact, it’s the opposite! Bankruptcy can help you keep what’s important to you and rebuild your finances. Let’s take a peek at what I feel are the top 3…

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Q&A with QR: “What is the Most Important Thing I Should Know About Buying Auto Insurance?”

Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage is the most valuable part of your auto insurance policy. Without this coverage you are in danger of becoming a victim of a “coverage tragedy.” This coverage provides protection to you and your family from drivers who have little or no liability insurance. Get as much uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as you can afford! If…

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OLDER PEOPLE INCREASINGLY LOADED DOWN WITH PERSONAL DEBT

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked our very own Attorney Matthew Herron, bankruptcy attorney for The Debt Doctors at QuatriniRafferty, to provide his trusted input on this very important, very real problem for many senior citizens in the greater Pittsburgh area. Click below to read the full article: http://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2018/04/04/Older-people-most-affected-by-personal-debt/stories/201804030089

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“LET ME COUNT THE WAYS THAT THE ATTORNEYS OF QR HELP OUR INJURED AND DISABLED CLIENTS!”

When a client walks through our door, his/her life has been unexpectedly turned upside down. It is the corrections officer injured by an unruly prisoner, or, a registered nurse involved in an auto accident with his/her family. It can be a doctor diagnosed with a serious illness, or, a military veteran struggling with an onset…

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QUATRINIRAFFERTY ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE LOCATION IN ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA

QuatriniRafferty is pleased to announce a new office location in the Executive House 615 Howard Avenue in Altoona. The office, located in Suite 210, formally opens on March 1, 2018. The expansion of QuatriniRafferty into Altoona, Pennsylvania will allow the firm to more efficiently serve new and existing clients in Blair and surrounding counties of central Pennsylvania. The…

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“30 ACTS OF CHARITY”

We conclude our 30th anniversary year by reflecting on our “30 Acts of Charity” project. Throughout 2017, we provided support to 30 distinct charities within our local communities – via monetary donation, sponsorship, volunteerism, or contribution collection. We are “paying it forward” by giving to the communities that have given us so much over the…

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Considering Additional Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

| Nov 27, 2017 | Veterans Disability Compensation | It appears the Veteran’s Administration is finally answering the call to add additional conditions to the list of presumptive diseases associated with Agent Orange and service in Vietnam. On November 1, 2017, the current head of the Veterans Administration – Dr. David J. Shulkin – has decided to move forward,…

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The Vietnam War: Revisited Through Ken Burn’s TV Documentary

The Selective Service System. Draft numbers. Nightly Film of bullets flying, bombs bursting, injured and bloody soldiers. Body counts. Agent Orange. Defoliation. PTSD. Emotional Emptiness. Guilt. Peace Marches. Rejection. These are terms from the Vietnam vocabulary. I was 17 years old in 1967. I was one of the lucky ones. A high draft number. The…

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Healing Through Yoga Seminar Recap

We had a wonderful time cohosting “Healing Through Yoga,” our last Road to Recovery seminar, with Angela of Red Brick Yoga! Attendees had the opportunity to work with Angela to develop calming breathing techniques, meditate, and pose for proper alignment. This interactive session greatly benefited attendees as they can take what they learned and apply…

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Injured On Your Commute To Or From Work? You Could Be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits!

A young man was a worker-in-training for Dunkin Donuts. His employer owned three different locations in Pennsylvania – Wyncote, Hatfield, and Horsham. The young man was assigned to Wyncote. His job included delivering product between the three locations and filling in for sick employees. One day, his employer called him and instructed him to fill…

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QR Personal Injury Attorneys Host Continuing Education Class

When we say that QR attorneys know the law, we mean it! Today, for example, our Personal Injury Team — Dennis Rafferty, Joyce Novotny-Prettiman, and Jessica Rafferty — made a presentation to approximately thirty Westmoreland County attorneys about optimizing their clients’ uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. In the continuing legal education presentation, “Untangling UM/UIM Auto…

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Equifax Cyberattack: What You Need to Know

In lieu of Equifax’s breach, questions are spinning around whether victims should freeze their credit or sign up for the free credit monitoring Equifax is now offering. Here’s our advice to keep you and your credit out of danger: Instead of paying for credit monitoring, monitor your credit by using your free credit reports from www.annualcreditreport.com. If…

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Attorney Joyce Novotny-Prettiman Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that Attorney Joyce Novotny-Prettiman of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has been certified as a member. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards,…

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Healthcare Workers: Nurses, Nurse Aides, Home Healthcare, Hospice Care; The Most Hazardous Jobs in the U.S.

The healthcare industry is not only the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing 18 million workers, but also one of the most dangerous. Did you know that healthcare workers are at the highest risk for work-related injuries, surpassing workers in the construction industry and the mining industry? Nurses and assistants/aides have the highest injury…

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Black Lung: The Coal Miner Scourge. Incurable, Fatal, Haunts Miners All Over Again

There is a shocking increase in the reported cases of pneumoconiosis, commonly known as Black Lung! And, more worrisome is that the new cases of the disease are even more deadly. The lungs of young miners are showing signs of progressive massive fibrosis (P.M.F.), also known as complicated pneumoconiosis. Young miners are proving particularly vulnerable…

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Compensation Now Available for Veterans of Camp Lejeune

GREENSBURG, March 23, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will now recognize the presumptive service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members who served no less than 30 days (either consecutively or nonconsecutively) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987…

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I Love QR Because…

We shared the “I Love QR Because…” Valentine’s Day campaign as a way to demonstrate that illness and injury should never stop you from living your best life. The attorneys and staff of Quatrinini Rafferty are here to help you through whatever life brings, from the birth of a child, to the death of a…

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Adding Compassion to the Social Security Process

At Quatrinini Rafferty, compassion and respect define our approach to the practice of law. We understand that applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a difficult and intimidating experience. The Social Security Disability lawyers at Quatrinini Rafferty – Tereasa Rerko, Brian Bronson, Michael Quatrini, and Adam Quatrini – are approachable, sympathetic, and knowledgeable. At…

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Auto Coverage Tragedy

During winter months, slick, wintery roads create dangerous driving situations, which may increase concerns about being involved in an auto accident. While you might think that you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prepare for winter’s worst, you may be overlooking a key component: Your present insurance plan may not supply ample coverage to you and…

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Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. Appointed to Join Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro’s Personnel & Planning Task Force

Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr., founding partner of Quatrinini Rafferty law firm, has been appointed to serve on Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro’s Personnel and Planning Task Force. Mr. Quatrini will serve alongside 18 other distinguished Pennsylvania leaders to identify and interview prospective candidates for high-level positions in Shapiro’s new administration. The team will work diligently…

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National Adoption Day

In 1976, Massachusetts was the first states to declare a special week to recognize adoptions and the number of states declaring a special day increased until National Adoption Month was recognized in 1990. Our local Westmoreland County Commissioners proclaimed November 20, 2015, as National Adoption Day in Westmoreland County. While many areas of the law…

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Attorney Michael Quatrini Interviewed by WTAE on Obtaining Veterans Administration Benefits for Agent Orange Exposure

Did you see Michael Quatrini on WTAE last night? MQ was interviewed regarding the difficult process of obtaining Veterans Disability Compensation benefits for Agent Orange exposure. Thank you to WTAE investigative reporter Bofta Yimam for shedding light onto the struggle that veterans’ and their widows’ face with the Veterans Administration.   VIDEO: Watch Bofta Yimam’s…

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Lifestyle Medicine Conference

Dr. Safdar Chaudhary of S’eclairer is hosting a Lifestyle Medicine Conference. The conference will be held on May 1st at Chestnut Ridge Inn on the Green in Blairsville. Attorneys Vincent Quatrini, Michael Quatrini, and Brian Bronson are among the featured speakers. Vince, Michael, and Brian are discussing the issues that confront individuals with physical or…

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PSBA Spring Legal Roundup

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) recently presented its Spring Legal Roundup in Greensburg, PA, and Attorney Joyce Novotny-Prettiman, who is an associate at QuatriniRafferty, was a co-presenter again in 2015. This continuing legal education seminar is presented yearly in an effort to keep local educators up to date on recent legal developments in the…

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Filing Your 2014 Federal Tax Return: Do You Get a Credit or Owe a Tax? Know the Rules on the Affordable Care Act

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that individuals must: (1) have health care coverage; (2) qualify for a health coverage exemption; or (3) make a shared responsibility payment with your tax return. Have Health Care Coverage: If you had qualifying health care coverage (called minimum essential coverage) for every month of 2014 for yourself,…

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A Hollow Jury Verdict

In 2007, Ashley Zauflik was a student at Pennsbury School District located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which is north of Philadelphia. Ashley was one of the victims of a school bus accident involving a school bus owned and operated by an employee of the Pennsbury School District. The school bus accelerated out of control and…

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Great Client Review for Peter J. Gough, Esq. on AVVO.com

Very kind words from a recent workers’ compensation client of Peter J. Gough, Esq. on AVVO.com Peter J. Gough is an associate at the firm and concentrates his practice in the area of workers’ compensation, exclusively representing injured workers. Born in Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of The University of Buffalo, Peter J. Gough came to the…

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Prudential Insurance Company Admits That It Is Wrong In Denying Long Term Disability Benefits

Prudential Insurance Company recently overturned a long term disability denial for our client under an own occupation period of disability. Our client worked for a large hospital system as a vascular lab technologist. The client was suffering from relapsing, remitting Multiple Sclerosis with optical neuritis and migraines. Prudential originally denied benefits based upon their opinion…

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SSDI Waiting Periods

Proposed Changes to Five (5) Month Waiting Period for SSDI Benefits for Terminally Claimant’s Senator Mike Enzi, a Republican in Wyoming, and Democrat, Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, have introduced a Bill to expedite the payment of SSDI benefits to terminally ill individuals by eliminating the five (5) month waiting period.  The legislation, commonly referred to…

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Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Publishes Annual Report

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Labor and Industry has released The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety 2013 Annual Report, a document that intended to demonstrate “the workers’ compensation program’s commitment to workplace safety, superior customer service, innovation and excellence in carrying out the provisions of The Workers’ Compensation Act.” http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1113073708822-124/2013+WC+Annual+Report+(LIBC-772).pdf In an effort to better…

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QR Veterans Disability Croup Investigating Possible Exposure to PCB’s at McClellan Air Force Base

The QR Veterans Disability Group was recently contacted to investigate claims for Veterans exposed to Polychlorinated Biphenyls – PCBs – at McClellan Air Force Base. PCB’s are a known carcinogen, as detailed by the Centers for Disease Control. In 2002, 60 Minutes produced a story about the chemical exposure in and around the base: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/toxic-secret-07-11-2002/…

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Statute of Limitations

One of the issues that can keep attorneys up at night are client’s statutes of limitations. Behind the scenes, careful due diligence on everyone of our client’s cases is performed in order that the statute of limitations is properly documented and preserved so that our clients have a right to proceed on their actions. A…

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Procedural Rules of Court

There has been a significant change to the Procedural Rules of Court with regard to jurors. You may have recently read some articles in statewide publications with regard to alternate jurors. Routinely at the end of a trial, alternate jurors were set free to go once deliberations began. The Rule, by Order of the State…

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Lone Survivor

Recently I saw the movie “Lone Survivor” produced by Universal Pictures, starring Mark Wahlberg as navy seal Marcus Luttrell. The movie is based on Luttrell’s true story – that being while during a mission in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban in June of 2005, he and 3 other navy seals engaged approximately 40 Taliban soldiers during…

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“Getting Ahead”: Presented by Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity (formerly Jeannette Circles) will be starting a Getting Ahead Class on Thursday April 24th.  We are looking for motivated individuals who are interested in changing their life and financial circumstances. Getting Ahead is a 17 week class where participants investigate barriers to poverty in their community, learn the hidden rules of ECONOMIC class and culture, investigate ways to build…

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QR Partner Tereasa Rerko Selected as Keynote Speaker for Cal U Career Network Reception

Attorney Tereasa Rerko was recently selected to be the Keynote Speaker at an event at her Alma Mater, California University of Pennsylvania. The event was the annual Mock Networking Reception and Etiquette Dinner.  This event is sponsored by Cal U Career Services, www.calu.edu/careers as well as the University’s Student Association Inc., Student Activities & Leadership,…

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QR Results: Veteran Awarded Service Connection for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by Board of Veterans Appeals

QR is pleased to announce that our appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals for an Army veteran with service in Vietnam resulted in a reversal of the initial Ratings Determination by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Pittsburgh Regional Office) and a full grant of service connection for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Veteran applied on…

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QR Results: Injured Worker Entitled to Reinstatement of Workers’ Compensation Benefits After Unjust Firing

Quatrinini Rafferty represented a male in his late 20’s who injured his right shoulder at work. The injury occurred as he was attempting to dislodge an air bag from the steering wheel of a large truck. Although the Employer, a trucking company, acknowledged his injury, they fired our client while he was working a modified…

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Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. speaks at UPMC Forum for Occupational Medicine

QR attorney Vince Quatrini was the lead presenter for injured workers at the UPMC presentation, “Achieving Excellence in Workers’ Compensation: Strategies from Medical and Legal Professionals,” alongside Workers’ Compensation Judge David B. Torrey, Valerie S. Faeth, defense attorney for Cohen & Grigsby, and a host of UPMC physicians. Mr. Quatrini provided the injured worker perspective on…

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Histoplasmosis in the Workplace: The Bat Droppings and Bird Manure Disease

Are you exposed to bat droppings and bird manure in your workplace? If so, you may be a at risk for a diagnosis of Histoplasmosis. Recently, I handled a case involving this disease. Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by inhaling the spores of a fungus called H. capsulatum. Histoplasmosis is not contagious; it cannot be transmitted from…

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Community Leader: David S. DeRose, Esq.

Below are links to a three-part series on back pain and its treatment from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/my-aching-back-only-seek-surgery-for-the-back-when-necessary-703565/ http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/ways-to-have-a-healthier-back-703518/ http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/my-aching-back-low-back-problems-are-common-neurological-disorder-701704/

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Nursing Home Concerns

Americans are living longer than ever. One result is that there are now nearly 1.6 million nursing home residents in the United States. In Pennsylvania alone, there are approximately 80,000 people living in nursing homes. If your loved one is admitted to a nursing home, personal care home or assisted living facility and you have…

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Made in the USA

Does it seem that nothing is made in the “good ol’ U.S. of A.” anymore? All one has to do is walk down the aisle at a local Wal-Mart to realize that the majority of the things we buy everyday are made in China and other countries, but many products are still American-made. Buying American…

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